April is LGBT-month with LauraPlusBooks and FightingDreamer. Although I am studying VERY HARD (I really am), I wanted to get this post in really quickly. I realised a while ago that I haven’t read that many LGBT books. I’ve read quite a few where a secondary character is LGBT (The Mortal Instruments, Mara Dyer, etc) and quite a few short-story collections, like Yes, I am! and OMG QUEER. Then there was Every Day (which is kind of, I don’t know, pansexual?) and Luna.
Recently I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It was incredible (not quite a five-star read, due to some issues I have with the final bit of the book) and while reading I kept thinking how this narrative felt to me like a revolution not only in LGBT writing, but YA in general.
I know there isn’t supposed to be a superlative for unique, but anyways! This week with Top Ten Tuesday we discuss the most unique books we have read, be it because of the characters, the way it was written or the approach to the setting.
This week with Top Ten Tuesday we discuss gateway books – those books that introduced us to new aspects of the magic of reading! I love this idea and had to force myself to stop at ten!
Linking up with Christine from Bookishly Boisterous for this post – the first time this year! In her words, It allows book bloggers (or any blogger, for that matter) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise.
For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we share our ten favourite books in X-genre. I’m choosing historical fiction because a) I like it and b) there seems to be an assumption that historical fiction HAS TO BE historical romance.
P.S. CHOOSING ONLY TEN WAS REALLY HARD – and it ended up being more a list of recently read historical fiction favourites.
Yay for Top Ten Tuesdays! This week is a rewind, and as (almost) always when we get to choose, I choose quotes. Quotes make me happy, and these are some of my favourites from books I read over the past year. (Two other TTT Quotes of mine: here and here.)
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books that will make you cry. I did a similar topic two years ago, namely Books That Broke My Heart, so I’m purposefully leaving those books from this post.
I think it’s a fine balance, reading enough books from the light/heavy spectrum. A good book-cry can be so… refreshing? Or empowering. Or I don’t know. Anyways, a sad book is not necessarily one to shy away from.
1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I adore this book because it had HILARIOUS bits as well, so I don’t have aversion to thinking about it. But it really is a sad book too, and I ugly cried so badly for this one. Continue reading